Heavy metal musicians and craft beer brewers take risks with song writing and recipes every day. The similarities in creativity, attitude and the willingness to take things as far as they can go (or "to extremes") are just a few ways the two worlds are alike in my opinion.

In his Decibel magazine magazine column, Adem points out the metal/ craft beer crossover with a combination of interviews and beer profiles. He takes that concept to ELEVEN in his new book The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers: An All-Excess Pass to BrewingÂ’s Outer Limits. Adem took some time out to answer five questions for us!

When did you notice the connections between metal and craft beer and the fact that it goes beyond references to the Devil?

Well, five years ago when I started writing my Brewtal Truth column in Decibel, I honestly didn’t really think there was a connection. That said, the first piece I did was an intentionally irreverent pairing of specific metal subgenres with different styles of beers. It was just supposed to be funny. In subsequent columns I began to write about brewers who were into metal (like Barnaby Struve of Three Floyds) and metal musicians who were into craft beers (like Dave Witte of Municipal Waste), however, it took a while for me to really see the crossover. In some part, I’d like to think I helped foster that crossover by writing a craft beer column in a metal magazine. It exposed Decibel’s metal-loving readers, who were purely there for the music, to craft beer.

thrash metal

Because you reach a specific audience with your column, do you receive any feedback from Decibel readers who are now choosing good beer over mass market crap?

Definitely! I hear from readers via social media about beers or breweries I’ve turned them onto. In fact, another Decibel columnist (and metal musician), Richard Christy of Charred Walls of the Damned, has mentioned several beers or breweries he’s learned about through my column. Metal heads are super passionate about the things they love. There’s no halfway with them! I also think they like to try things that aren’t mainstream, because clearly the music they like is far from mainstream. That said, when it comes to people’s tastes in food and beverages, they like what they like and there sometimes can be no convincing them otherwise. Craft beer isn’t for everyone, and a lot of people still think it is snooty and expensive, but I think if you’re open-minded enough to listen to, say, Napalm Death or Carcass, you could probably handle a well-made IPA.

What are your consistently favorite craft breweries out there? National or local to you?

Man, that’s a tough question. In writing my book, The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers, I had the opportunity to try some beers that I normally can’t get my hands on and some of them—like beers from Surly, Three Floyds, Mikkeller, The Alchemist and many others—were pretty spectacular. That said, my consistently favorite craft breweries are ones that I have regular access to (mostly West Coast), like Stone, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, Deschutes, Rogue, Unibroue and North Coast. My favorite local brewery here in Victoria, BC, is Driftwood. I love everything they make.

Dave - Iron Maiden

Will there be a second volume of EXTREME BEERS or any other book projects in the future?

That’s actually a really timely question. I’m looking into that at the moment. I’d like to do a series of Brewtal Truth books that have the same tone and vibe as this first one, but different content—whether it be more extreme beers, or some other new ideas. If my first book sells well, I’ll hopefully get that opportunity.

What is in your beer fridge right now?

I have a bunch of Victory beers—Prima Pils, Hop Devil IPA, Winter Cheers, Festbier, and Headwaters Pale Ale—that were sent to me by Magrudergrind guitarist RJ Ober, who works as a sales rep for Victory. I also have some Phillips Blue Buck from a local brewery and a couple bottle of Iron Maiden’s Trooper beer that a friend gave me.